Jun 12 2012
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Earth Platinum, world’s largest atlas launched in Abu Dhabi
Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012
Abu Dhabi: The largest atlas in history, Earth Platinum, was launched yesterday in Abu Dhabi at the National Centre for and Documentation and Research (NCDR).
Dr Abdullah Al Rayes, Director General of NCDR, told the Gulf News: “The 128 page Atlas is a comprehensive Atlas with high resolution and unique pictures as well as accurate maps presented as per subject, including maps of Europe, America, Australia, Canada and Africa and Asia”.
Gordon Cheers, managing director of Millennium House, told the Gulf News: “The largest Atlas is leather bound and weighs 150 kilogrammes, and each single page measures approximately 1.8 metre high X1.4 metre wide.”
Cheers said: “Earth Platinum will be a legacy for future generations. It represents not only the best of what the very latest technology and cartography has to offer, but also a large window into the world in which we live today, both politically and geographically.”
Al Rayes added: “The largest ever Atlas will be kept at the NCDR in a protected environment to avoid any damage and copies of it will be available for researchers and scholars”.
The Atlas covers world physical, hemispheres, world statistics, heritage and cultural sites, flags of 195 countries, according to Cheers.
Earth Platinum has only 31 copies at a selling price of $100,000 per copy.
Chris Sheedy from Guinness World Records, said that with the introduction of Earth Platinum, it is considered the largest atlas in history.
“We at the Guinness World Records are thrilled and honoured to be witnessing the production of what we are sure will be the world’s largest atlas, says Sheedy.
“It will represent the breaking of a record that has stood since circa 1660 and in this era of digital content, will provide a unique, valuable, enduring and unforgettable perspective on the world we live in.
By Shehab Al Makahleh Staff Reporter
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